BLM Alaska History

Alaska has an amazing history, from the Russian, Spanish, French, and British explorers of the late 1700s; to the Gold Rushes that drew many with the promise of adventure and wealth; to the importance of Alaska as a defense against the invasion of North America during World War II.  

The Bureau of Land Management in Alaska was established in 1947 under Regional Administrator Lowell M. Puckett.  The BLM's history in Alaska covers Statehood as well as land management changes brought about by the Federal Land Policy Management Act of 1976; the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act; and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. 

The BLM not only manages some of Alaska's great historical sites but also is a part of the state's history with its survey, oil and gas, mining, and land transfer programs.